Like most new communications technologies, sex drove the early days of the Internet. This program looks at the explosion of online sex sites. Featured guests include Danni Ashe, the cover girl for the online sex industry. Sites covered include nervelink.com, danni.com, one-and-only.com, salon.com, and askisadora.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: sex; porn; erotica; danni ashe; 220
Downloads: 787,535 (2 reviews)
Peek-a-boo! The Net has become much more than a text-based exchange medium. People are now putting their personal lives on line, with video. Featured sites include homecams.com, braindump.com, anacam.com, crl.com, simplenet.com, concentric.net/~ballhigh/colorcam.html, chatv.com, and vip.stanford.edu. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: voyeurism; web cam; anacam; 204
Downloads: 39,148 (1 review)
This is the very first episode of the Net Cafe series. It was shot on location at a cybercafe in San Francisco called CoffeeNet. It looks at the hacker culture and their influence on the early growth of the internet. Guests include Dan Farmer, author of SATAN and COPS; Eliaz Levi (aka Aleph 1), webmaster of underground.org and Bugtraq; also "Omega" and "White Knight" from Cult of the Dead Cow. Originally broadcast in 1996.
Keywords: CDC; r00t; Def Con
Downloads: 38,458 (10 reviews)
Did aliens land in Roswell? Were there others involved in JFK's assassination? Are organs being taken from prisoners in China and sold to rich patients needing transplants? We'll explore the World Wide Web to find out who thinks there are conspiracies taking place. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; conspiracy
Downloads: 7,709 (5 reviews)
A look at various web sites that focus on aliens and unidentified flying objects. Guests include Dan Plonsie, webmaster for berkeley.edu, a site that has lots of information about UFOs and spacey topics; Jerry Bjornson, head of Abductees Anonymous, an organization for people claiming to have been abducted by aliens; and "Chris" (also known as Schwa Head) who reviews several flying saucer sites including MUFON and Schwa Corporation...
Keywords: aliens; flying saucers; abductions
Downloads: 9,929 (2 reviews)
The internet forever changed the relationship between patient and doctor, allowing patients to research their medical conditions online before seeing a doctor. This program looks at several web sites that provide healthcare information. Sites covered include storksite.com, womenshealth.org, healthy.net, med.stanford.edu, gennexhealth.com, quackwatch.com, and sexclinic.com. Guests include Dr. Patti Britton and Dr...
Keywords: sex; pregnancy; womens health; stanford; 150
Downloads: 2,203 (1 review)
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Dec 14, 2001|
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle is featured in this program on new internet startups. Sites covered include fabric8.com, teoma.com (now AskJeeves), ehobbies.com, and archive.org. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: internet; startup; entrepreneur
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - June 8, 2001|
Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings is the featured guest on this program which looks at new web startups. Other sites covered include genetichealth.com, bigstep.com, and globalviewing.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Guest analyst is venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: netflix; entrepreneur; startup
|War On The Web|
A look at how war is covered on the Net. Featured sites include The War Times Journal at wtj.com; war games at activision.com; an antiwar site at ploughshares.org; real war strategy at tetrad.stanford.edu; and a community of war veterans at nichecom.com/~vfw. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: war; military; veterans; 208
|Games on the Net|
An early episode of the Net Cafe series dealing with online games and sites about gaming. Includes Quake, Full Throttle, TEN (the Total Entertainment Network), Meridian 59, and MUD sources (Multi User Dimension). Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes a CyberBlast segment, an early experiment in downloading software through the television signal. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: games; MUD; TEN
Downloads: 1,418 (1 review)
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Oct 20, 2000|
Featured guest is writer Armistead Maupin, author of "Tales of the City" and "The Night Listeners", the latter first published online at salon.com. Other guests include HotWire CEO Karl Peterson and PayPal COO David Sacks. Other sites covered include mightywords.com and boats.com. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sara O'Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: paypal; hotwire; armistead maupin
Downloads: 6,469 (1 review)
|Cool Home Pages|
As the web grew in popularity, individuals started creating their own personal web sites. This program looked at several examples. Featured sites include homestead.com, shadowsong.com, aimnet.com, gamefun.com, and webpagesthatsuck.com. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: webmaster; home page; web site; 222
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Oct 6, 2000|
Google co-founder Sergei Brin and former San Francisco 49er's quarterback Steve Young are featured guests in this episode. Brin talks about the "new" search engine called Google and how it works; Steve Young talks about his life after football which includes being Chairman of the Board of an internet startup called found.com. Also featured is Douglas Boxer, son of California Senator Barbara Boxer. He started a new web site called voter.com...
Keywords: google; steve young; sergei brin
Downloads: 15,224 (4 reviews)
|Webby Awards 1997|
Coverage of the first annual Webby Awards, recognizing the best sites on the internet. Awards were given in fifteen different categories. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown presides. Shot on location at Bimbo's night club in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1997.
Keywords: webby awards; webbys; internet
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - June 8, 2001|
A program in the special series on new internet startups. Sites covered include netflix.com, bigstep.com, genetichealth.com, and globalviewing.com. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Includes analysis by venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: entrepreneur; startup; internet
|New Age Web Sites|
The internet has become home to many new age organizations and movements. This program looks at several examples including astrology.net, itsyoga.com, the Berkeley Psychic Institute, the Covenant of the Goddess, reclaiming.org, and SETI@home. Shot on location at the Club I cybercafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Keywords: witches; astrology; yoga; covenant; psychic; SETI
|Grim Reaper Web Sites|
Strange, but one of the most popular topics on the Web is death. You can check out the gravesites and tombstones of famous people, look at your own mortality clock, shop at the L.A. Coroner's Gift Shop, explore the Heaven's Gate suicide plans, or commune with the memory of Timothy Leary. Originally broadcast in 2000.
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; grim reaper; death
|Grim Reaper Web Sites|
A look at how web sites deal with the subject of death. Sites featured include an information site on cemeteries, a tribute to the passing of Jerry Garcia, a virtual 3D graveyard, the pop culture death pool, and a virtual pet cemetery. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #206.
Keywords: Episodes: 1998; 206
Downloads: 14,025 (1 review)
The web has become a major research source for space science and astronomy. This program looks at the SETI project, solar eclipses, space science education, the controversy over the Martian "face", and the lunar prospector mission. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Special guests include Ken Bollinger of NASA and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: space; nasa; astronomy; 218
|Science Fiction Online|
There has always been a synergy between the web and sci-fi fans. This program looks at several science fiction web sites. Guests include Forest Ackerman, a sci-fi film maker who runs one of the world's largest real science fiction museums at his mansion in Southern California and who offers virtual visits to his museum online. Sci-fi writer Pam Dixon guides us through great science fiction literature online...
Keywords: star wars; star trek; babylon 5; lucas arts; douglas adams
One of the early uses of the Internet was to form virtual communities of people with common interests. This program looks at several early communities including The Mining Company (now about.com), HipBONE, PlanetOut, Yahoo Clubs, and GeoCities. Guests include Scott Kurnit, founder of The Mining Company, David Bohnett, founder of GeoCities, and Megan Smith, President & CEO of PlanetOut. Originally broadcast in 1998...
Keywords: geocities; about; mining company; 244
From the joke of the day to email traffic in bawdy stories, the web has become a major platform for humor. This program looks at several early humor web sites including useless-facts.com, netfunny.com, mockingbirdmedia.com, simpleton.com, and the Berkeley Systems online game "Get The Picture". Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: jokes; humor; comedy
One of the fast growing applications on the early internet was chat. This program looks at several approaches to online chatting. Featured sites include activeworlds.com, concretecam.simplenet.com, CU-SeeMe, talkcity.com, daveyd.com, and talk.excite.com. Featured guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times and Jo Kraus, cofounder of Excite, Inc. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: community; chat; cyber; 212
|Politics on the Web|
The early internet became an instant hit with political organizations and movements that had previously felt shut out of the mainstream press. This program looks at several examples of how the web was being used for political advocacy. Maureen Mason shows us the Institute for Global Communications web site which includes links to PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. Eric Hughes, founder of Cypherpunks, a group working to preserve privacy on the net through encryption, explains...
Keywords: IGC; cypherpunks; encryption; anarchists
|State of the Web Part Two|
This week, four interesting new websites are featured on NetCafé.
Keywords: Episodes: 2002
|Nicholas Negroponte - Part One|
This is part one of a special two part series on Net Cafe featuring an in-depth interview with Nicholas Negroponte, Director of the MIT Media Lab, author of Being Digital, and columnist for Wired magazine. Shot on location at the SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco as a presentation to the Association of Internet Professionals. The interviewer is Net Cafe host Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 2002.
Keywords: MIT; Wired; Being Digital
|Small Business Resources On the Net|
A review of online resources for small business owners. Featured sites include score.org, cheesemans.com, linkexchange.com, ivillage.com, and ideacafe.com. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Keywords: small business; SOHO; home business
There is no doubt the Internet has changed the way people get their news. While the Net is offering new ways to get local news, it is also providing important world news for those who have moved away from their home community and culture. Features Salon, Knight Ridder Online, Digital High, and IndoLink. Guests include Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor of Salon, Bob Ingle, President of Knight Ridder New Media, and Rebecca Eisenberg of the San Francisco Chronicle...
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; news; cyber; 242
A survey of web sites that provide useful information for home improvement projects. Sites reviewed include improvenet.com, netguide.com, homecentral.com, gardening.com, and planetproperties.com. Also features Candi Strecker, known as the HandyGirl. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Guest analyst is writer Larry Magid. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: do it yourself; real estate; gardening; home decoration; 213
|Travel Sites Online|
One of the first ecommerce successes on the internet was buying airline tickets and travel packages. This program looks at some of the first online travel booking sites. Demonstrations include earthwatch.org, a site for adventure travel. Also lonelyplanet.com, one of the earliest attempts to put travel guides on line. Another site, roadsideamerica.com, offered advice on "strange and wacky" vacations...
Keywords: vacation; touring; adventure; guide
|Love and Romance on the Web|
One of the early drivers in the growth of the internet was the topic of dating and romance. This episode of Net Cafe looks at some early examples of sites devoted to love, in various forms. Sites reviewed include globalmatch.com; divaweb.com and its famous advice columnist Midori; Bianca's smut shack at bianca.com; divanet.com, a site offering sexy online shopping and style advice from Nina Rage; the CyberFetish UberMall, and urge2merge.com...
Keywords: love; romance; dating
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - May 4, 2001|
Four entrepreneurs pitch their business plans for new internet sites. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates their chances for success. Sites reviewed are ehealthinsurance.com, quova.com, opencola.com, and legalzoom.com. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: law; health; legal
If you are new to the idea of chat, nervous about joining in, or trying to set up a new chat community, here are some good ways of breaking the ice. Features Tribal Voice, Extempo Systems, Infoseek, and Talk City. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #241.
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; chat; chat room; 241
|Crime and Justice|
As the Internet gets to be a bigger part of our lives, it's perhaps inevitable that it has gained some of the vices of life, too. Having been a relatively benign place to meet people and hang out, the Web is now somewhere that sees its fair share of criminal behavior, and an often helpful medium for gaining knowledge on the topic.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; crime; justice
The internet spawned a new generation of writers who wrote about the Net and on the Net. This program features several well-known cyber writers including Brendan Kehoe, author of "Zen and the Art of the Internet". Also "St. Jude", author of "The Cyberpunk Fake Book", a guide to all things cyber. Another cyber writer named "R.U. Sirius", founder of Mondo 2000, talks about cyberpunk fiction and the techno culture...
Keywords: cyber fiction; cyberpunk; boing boing
|The Dark Side of the Web|
The early days of the web provided an outlet for people who wanted to explore ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other scary things. This program looks at several such sites. Guests include Lady Caroline (Carrie Carolin) who runs cascade.net, a portal for Gothic sites and links to sites dealing with magic, haunted houses, halloween, the paranormal and the occult. Vinnie Corella and Phil Simon show off their site, stepcross.com and the game Bad Mojo in which you go through life as a cockroach...
Keywords: witch; witches; gothic; Cult of the Dead Cow; Covenant of the Goddess; Pulse Entertainment
Hollywood quickly discovered the web as a tool for promoting films. But film makers have also discovered the web as a new medium for sharing information and distributing their creative output. This program looks at several Hollywood oriented web sites incuding atasite.org, the site for the Artists Television Access organization; a site devoted to the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; and lowres.com, a site that runs an online film festival...
Keywords: hollywood; movies; films; cinema; special effects
|The 3D Web|
As web designers tried to make the internet look more like the "real" world, they experimented with three dimensional online environments. This program looks at several early examples. Mark Pesci explains VRML, the virtual reality modeling language. Chris Stuart demonstrates blacksun.com, a web site that uses VRML technology. Annette Louden demonstrates construct.net, an online environment for building VRML sites...
Keywords: VRML; avatar; three dimensional
|The Virtual Zoo|
Even if you don't have a zoo in your city, you can still find out about animals on the web. This program looks at several sites that bring the zoo to you. Topics covered include the new web site for the San Francisco Zoo, a zoology and animals portal run by Rachel Shaw focusing on animal pets, cyberark.com, petsinneed.org, primenet.com, apenet.com, and sites about bigfoot, cryptozoology, and weird virtual pets that only exist in people's imagination...
Keywords: pets; apes; zoo; cat; dog; bigfoot; loch ness monster
|The Weird Web|
In the early days of the web, there was a lot of weird stuff going on. This show looks at some of the strange subjects explored on the internet. Weird sites reviewed include Lip Balm Anonymous, UFO Insurance, The Deth Vegetable, Mr. T, The Exploding Whale, Tattoos and Piercing on the Web, Tweety Fish, Go-Force Super Hero, and Stellarc Suspension. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: UFO; strange; odd
People collect all kinds of strange things and many of them now use the web to extend their hobby. This show looks at several web sites dealing with hobby collections. Topics covered include the online auction of Butterfield and Butterfield, online book collectors, auctionwatch.com, the Vintage Computer Festival, and the art web site of SF MOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Shot on location at the Club I cybercafe in San Francisco...
Keywords: books; auction; computers; art
|Nicholas Negroponte - Part Two|
This is part two of a special two-part series on Net Cafe featuring an in-depth interview with Nicholas Negroponte, Director of the MIT Media Lab, author of Being Digital, and columnist for Wired magazine. Shot on location at the SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco as a presentation for the Association of Internet Professionals. The interviewer is Net Cafe host Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 2002.
Keywords: MIT; Media Lab; Wired; Being Digital
Downloads: 3,803 (1 review)
|Comic Books on the Web|
This early Net Cafe program looks at comic book web sites. Included are Jonah Weiland's Comic Book Links, Hellblazer, Sandman, DC Universe, Spawn, The Preacher, Swampthng, Hitman, The Tick, Loving Henry, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Guests include Alex Curyea, Kristen Brennan, Jhonen Vasquez and Shawn Sanders. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes CyberBlast segment, early experiment in downloading software through the television signal...
Keywords: comic books; comics
Downloads: 3,324 (1 review)
|Women on the Web|
The internet quickly became a home for special interest groups, among them, women. This program looks at several early web sites focused on women's issues. Sites covered include lesbian.org, fatgirl.com, fatso.com, WomensNet, diva.com, creative.net (a site for the Exotic Dancers Alliance), and bitchmag.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: lesbian; exotic dancer; womens issues
Self-publishing no longer means paying thousands of dollars to a printer for a bound book. Self-publishing can be done online and accessible to the world for little or no money. We search out the best sites for aspiring authors as well as sites for finding rare books and downloading books online.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999
|Weird Science on the Web|
The web became a home for unusual approaches to scientific research. This episode of Net Cafe looks at several examples including The Annals of Improbable Research, the IgNobel Awards, Telegarden, spiritofamerica.com, PigDog, The Twinkies Project, and the Mad Science Guy. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: science; weird; research
|Lions and Tigers and Bears|
Thousands of home pages celebrate people's pets and just about every animal under the sun has at least a few Websites devoted to it. And of course a huge number of e-commerce sites now offer everything from exotic animals themselves to everything you need to keep a pet. We take a look at animals online.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999
|Entertainment on the Web|
Up until now the Web has been mostly used for finding information, doing research, chatting, and exchanging email. But now the Web is challenging television as a primary entertainment medium. A look at new Web sites that offer movies, videos, music, and cartoons. Originally broadcast in 2000 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: shockwave; entertainment; atomfilms
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - June 1, 2001|
A program in the special Net Cafe series on new internet startups. Sites covered include igougo.com, ants.com, bestcalls.com, and gotomypc.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evalutes the startups. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: entrepreneur; startup; internet
Downloads: 3,236 (1 review)
The major sports news and information sites are still very popular, with up to 5,000 sites devoted to the most popular sports. But now even obscure sports like Gaelic Football, HackySack, and Paddleball have multiple sites. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #243.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; sports; cyber; 243